Andrea Bacher – Executive Leadership Program Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I am a Vice President in the Human Capital Management (HCM) division at Goldman Sachs (GS) and COO for the Global Talent Development team. I am part of a team whose mission is to evolve and implement the firm's talent development strategy, focusing on the best ways to assess, manage and engage the firm’s people. Our team serves as advisors to senior leaders and HCM colleagues, participates in key committees, conducts benchmarking with other firms and partners with clients and external organizations. Our mission is to develop all talent at GS, and we prioritize particular segments for intense focus such as our diverse populations around the world. I joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 after graduating from Columbia University with a Masters in Social Policy. I graduated from Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I lived until I graduated and moved to the US.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
The biggest and most important challenge is bringing out the best in the people who work with me and those I manage by ensuring they are strongly motivated and engaged despite a heavy and fast-paced workload. I also strive to instill a sense of confidence and exceptionalism to constantly evolve and find new, different and better ways of doing things that can bring innovation and meaning into what we do.

What is your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is being successful at a job I have passion for. When I first joined GS, it was an intimidating place for me. I was one of the few people on my team who did not grow up in the US, and I felt very insecure. This, however, only made me work harder. When I realized in many ways I belonged to this firm and embraced its culture, I became more confident and more ambitious. I invested a lot of time and effort in learning how things worked and how I should operate to be successful, continuously willing to strike out for something better and taking more risks. Building personal equity and a brand for myself as a ´go-to person´ was an important achievement for me.

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
I have great admiration for each person on my team – the drive, sense of purpose, passion and ´can do’ attitude inspires me every day. I admire my parents above all, who are my role models and taught me the value and meaning of integrity, honesty and hard work.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself leading a team in the talent space, advising senior leaders and clients on assessing, managing and engaging people, collaborating with people at all levels and staying active in my community.

How has your participation with the Executive Leadership Program impacted the way you approach your day-to-day role?
The ELP program provided me with a network of talented, highly motivated and committed professionals and inspiring leaders. It has given me exposure to solidify my leadership skills, continue to evolve and develop my commercial edge. These connections, combined with the skills-based training that CUP offers, can be especially relevant as a network for both my short term and long term career objectives.